Author: Eliza Willard
Released: 1 January 1999
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Series: Charmed #1
In this night and in this hour,
I call upon the Ancient Power.
Bring your powers to we sister's three,
We want the power. Give us the power!
Prue, Piper and Phoebe Halliwell didn't think reading a magical incantation would really work. But it did. Now Prue can move things with her mind, Piper can freeze time, and Phoebe can see the future. They are the Charmed Ones - the most powerful of witches.
But being enchanted has a price. There's a warlock who wants to steal their powers. And he'll do it any way he can - even if it means killing them!
Six months after the death of their grandmother, three sisters are reunited, and within hours of Phoebe Halliwell's return, she's read an incantation and turned her and her sisters Prue and Piper into witches!
Based off the first episode of the hit TV series Charmed, the first book in this novelization series follows Prue, Piper and Phoebe discovering they are actually descended from a long line of witches, and that they are the most powerful witches the world has ever known - the Charmed Ones. When Phoebe reads a spell in The Book Of Shadows, and old book of witchcraft she finds in the attic, they finally receive their powers, and the dangers that come with them. There is a warlock killing witches throughout San Francisco, and now the sister's could be next. The warlock could be anyone - Prue's boss and ex-fiance Roger, her high school sweetheart Andy, Piper's boyfriend Jeremy, or even the mailman!
I love Charmed! Apart from being an amazing series, it holds a special place in my heart as it's attached to some wonderful memories with my cousins when we were younger. I never knew that these books existed back when I was into the series (I jumped on the Charmed train during the last season), and I know I would have loved to pick these books up when I was on a Charmed high.
Even though this book is almost an exact retelling of the first episode, there are some aspects that have been slightly altered and we get to go into the minds of the sisters and find out what they really think. There are also some bonus scenes to the episode (like when Phoebe sat up all night reading the Book of Shadows) and it really adds to the Charmed experience.
The only problem I had with this book was the way Andy was written. I love Andy as a character, but throughout the book he just didn't feel like the character I loved from the show - his actions and character felt so different to how he is portrayed onscreen. In saying that, he did redeem himself in the end, when he became that character we all know and love.
Overall, reading this book was such a fun experience. It's a nice quick read, and really brings back a lot of memories. A must-read for any Charmed fan! I can't wait to continue on with the next 40 books (yes, there are 41 novels in this series!) and see what the Charmed Ones get up to. (The rest of the books are not retellings of episodes, except 'Charmed, Again')
If you are interested in delving into this book series, I recommend checking eBay for used copies since the books are now out-of-print - there are hundreds for sale at bargain prices :)